The Burglar’s Christmas

Willa Cather

Paperback with flaps and an envelope

32pp

Publication date: 27 October 2021

ISBN: 9781913724375

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He drew a long sigh of rich content. The old life, with all its bitterness and useless antagonism and flimsy sophistries, its brief delights that were always tinged with fear and distrust and unfaith, that whole miserable, futile, swindled world of Bohemia seemed immeasurably distant and far away, like a dream that is over and done.

First published in 1896, The Burglar’s Christmas is a short story by the great American writer Willa Cather. Set in Chicago on a cold Christmas Eve, the down-and-out Crawford learns the value of forgiveness.

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Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873–1947) was an American writer, best known for her novels depicting frontier life, including O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark and My Ántonia. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for her World War One novel One of Ours.